Qualifying facilities (QF) are existing generators that are connected to PG&E's transmission or distribution systems, which produce power through wind, hydroelectric, biomass, waste, geothermal or cogeneration facilities. QFs generate about 25 percent of PG&E's energy supply. Energy deregulation has allowed these generators to choose the markets in which they sell the electricity they generate.
Below, you will find the different types of agreements detailing the terms of a facility's interconnection with PG&E:
|Tariff||Project size 0–20 MW Tariff||Project size ≥ 20 MW||Governing Agency|
|Electric Rule 21||Contact Rule21gen@pge.com for specific IA information||CPUC|
|WDT/Distribution||SGIA (2-party)||LGIA (2-party)||FERC|
|CAISO/Transmission||SGIA (3-party)||LGIA (3-party)||FERC/CAISO|
PG&E's Electric Generation Interconnection (EGI) team offers education about interconnection and helps you to manage the interconnection process. The majority of QF contract conversions can be carried out with no cost to the interconnection customer. However, in some cases, the conversion process requires the installation of new facilities, which may result in some capital outlay by the customer.
Contract conversion timelines vary based on the type of interconnection agreement, whether the generating facility has undergone changes since its interconnection, current metering facilities and time associated with drafting the actual interconnection agreement. Additionally, some deadlines and process timelines are governed by CAISO's New Resource Implementation (NRI) process. The renewal process can be lengthy, so PG&E recommends that you begin taking the required steps at least six months before your current PPA expires.